The Super Bowl was certainly worth the wait this year wasn’t it? It had a little bit of everything. There were offensive explosions, big plays, a little bit of controversy, and definitely a whole lot of drama. Let me start by saying congratulations to The Baltimore Ravens for becoming Super Bowl Champions. This was a team victory that took every member of the Ravens to bring the Lombardi Trophy to Baltimore.
Just as I expected the Ravens jumped out to a lead, I just didn’t know they were going to grab that big of a lead. Did anyone really expect them to dominate that much in the first half? Now, I myself have underrated Joe Flacco up until this point. I always thought he had a great arm, and physically he is built like your standard pocket passer. However, I just never thought he was a guy who would take his game to the next level, and play as well as he did on the grandest of stages. Boy did he ever, and prove all of his naysayers wrong in the process. Joe Flacco in his 5th NFL season, outplayed 2 Canton bound QB’s on the road en route to his first Super Bowl appearance. He played mistake free football throwing 11 TD’s to 0 INT’s in these playoffs. His stellar play culminated in his first Super Bowl victory and the honors of being named Super Bowl XLVII’s MVP. While Flacco continued to impress and quiet the critics, this was a team effort and we must give credit to all 53 men on the Ravens roster. Flacco was the MVP of the game, but the two most crucial plays of the game were made by Jacoby Jones(a dazzling 56 yard receiving TD and a 108 yard kickoff return for a TD). Anquan Boldin has played like a men possessed, matching his regular season TD total(4) in these playoffs. The defense that everyone was calling too old to compete was able to contain Kaepernick when it mattered most. Kaepernick did get his yards on the ground and a rushing TD, but it was the pressure applied from the outside that forced Kaepernick into traffic and caused rushed throws. Once again the Ravens definitely outplayed their competition, but I saw the better team on paper(the 49ers) make numerous little mistakes throughout the entirety of the game; and that ultimately cost them. Their long list of inexcusable mistakes began right from their first drive. On the first play from scrimmage, Kaepernick threw a beautiful ball to Vernon Davis for a 20 yard gain. On a delayed flag, it turns out that Davis was called for an illegal formation negating the completion and backing them up 5 yards. This was a sign of things to come. On the Ravens first possession, it appeared that the 49ers defense made a stop on a 3rd and 9, however Ahmad Brooks had jumped off-sides. This gave the Ravens another shot at a much more manageable 3rd and 4. What happened on the very next play? You guessed it, a touchdown pass from Flacco to Boldin.
On to the 2nd quarter we go with a score of 7-3(Baltimore). The 49ers started with the ball on their own 20 yard line. Four plays and a quick two and half minutes later, they found themselves all the way down to the Baltimore 24 yard line, primed and ready to score. On the very next play Lamichael James(doing his best Michael Vick impression), while attempting to turn a run for a loss into a small gain, FUMBLES THE BALL back to the Ravens. They proceed to charge down the field and score another TD to make it 14-3. At this point that score could easily be flipped had the 49ers taken care of the ball and avoided silly mental mistakes. Now at the time I really hated the fake field goal try by the Ravens, and while I still don’t know if I would have done it, I only slightly dislike it after having time to think about it. In hindsight it worked perfectly. John Harbaugh kept the pressure on the great Kaepernick and challenged him to demonstrate his ability to overcome adversity in a 2-minute drill from his own 6 yard line. He went 3 and out and gave the ball back to Baltimore with a short field. You’ll never guess what happened next; oh wait yeah maybe you can, touchdown Flacco(am I sensing a theme here?). I think you all know what happened next. After what I thought was a pretty decent halftime show(we get it Beyonce, we think you’re hot, and you think you’re really really really really hot), Jacoby Jones returned the opening kickoff of the 2nd half 108 yards for a spectacular TD. This made the score 28-3 and most of the sports world thought that was the nail in the coffin, but it wasn’t.
The 49ers came out for their first offensive possession in the 2nd half and what came next was exactly what everyone was expecting, right? Eh probably not. There was a power outage throughout the ENTIRE STADIUM. This unprecedented turn of events caused a delay that lasted 34 minutes!! This occurring on the biggest stage in the world is uncalled for, embarrassing, and down right inexcusable. Needless to say I’m sure heads are rolling today. Now all you conspiracy theorist out there can blame the power outage for the swing of momentum in the game, but the 49ers are way too talented to get blown out. You are probably the same group of people blaming karma for Chris Culliver’s horrid performance last night. For those of you who don’t know, Culliver is taking a great deal of flack for his anti-gay comments from media week. Psssssst, Culliver isn’t very good, and the better Harbaugh knew that and took advantage of his opponents weakness. Which brings me to my next point. John Harbaugh clearly out-coached his little brother, Jim. When it came to clock management, play calling, and overall scheme I found Jim to be outmatched in all areas. Jim did give it his all though in pleading to the referees after Kaepernick’s 4th down try fell to the ground incomplete. I’m not one to blame the referees for “costing” someone a game, but even my Grandma could see that was a hold. The Ravens defender must have been childhood friends with Crabtree and really wanted to give him a huge; that’s all. In retrospect the 49ers should only look at themselves for missed opportunities, not at the referees.
In the end, the play of Flacco, Jones, Boldin, and the Baltimore defense proved to be too much for San Fransisco. It’s not all bad news for San Fran though. If you saw that Jell-O commercial you’d know that the city of San Fransisco is getting 10,000 free cups of Jell-O’s chocolate pudding from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. So keep your heads up guys, you get to have pudding today!! In all seriousness, the 49ers should take the positives from last nights game. I know it’s heartbreaking to be that close to victory and then have it snatched from you at the last moment. However, this was a great experience for a young team led by a great young quarterback. From what I’ve seen from Colin Kaepernick I believe that the sky is the limit for him and his squad. Don’t be surprised if you see the 49ers being fitted for rings a year from now. Finally, let us all be thankful there will be another NFL season next year, so Ray Lewis definitely doesn’t get the last word.